Gentner with VfB Stuttgart in 2013
|Full name||Christian Gentner|
|Date of birth||14 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Nürtingen, West Germany|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2004–2007||VfB Stuttgart II||30||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 6 July 2019|
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Before joining VfB Stuttgart, the central midfielder played at TSV Beuren and VfL Kirchheim.
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On 5 July 2019, Gentner signed a contract with club Union Berlin.
Gentner was, on 19 May 2009, called up to the senior Germany squad for their tour of Asia,Gentner made his debut against China on 29 May 2009.
|VfB Stuttgart II||2004–05||Regionalliga Süd||28||6||—||—||—||28||6|
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